seachaz From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 221 posts, RR: 8 Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2971 times:
Having trouble finding information on the number of SRBs built for the shuttle program. Were they ordered as a complete unit or could certain parts be turned around and flown more often (thus requiring less of that part)? Would also be curious ~how many launches were the used for before being retired (if at all) and how many remained in inventory towards the end of the program. I imagine there are still parts for several being saved for future programs.
Slcpilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 591 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2913 times:
I may well be wrong, but I seem to recall the SRBs being modular, in that they were assembled from multiple segments. If this is the case, there might not be a "number" of them made, or still available for use, but rather an inventory of segments. For use as an SRB of some sort, one element might be the bottleneck in terms of what's available, ie. nozzle, nosecone, etc...
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